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  1. "Pope Francis today denounced gender transition procedures, saying they make gender a choice. Pope Francis’s remarks today opposing “the biologic and psychological manipulation of sexual difference” show that he doesn’t understand the situation of transgender people, say LGBT Catholic groups. The pope made the comments while addressing the Pontifical Academy for Life’s general assembly in Rome. “The biological and psychical manipulation of sexual difference, which biomedical technology allows us to perceive as completely available to free choice — which it is not! — thus risks dismantling the source of energy that nurtures the alliance between man and woman and which renders it creative and fruitful,” he told members of the academy, which was created by Pope John Paul II in 1994 to deal with bioethical concerns. “By referring to transgender people’s desires to transition as ‘manipulation’ and a ‘free choice’ Pope Francis shows that he does not understand that for transgender people, a transition is a discovery and affirmation of who God created them to be,” said a statement issued by Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which works for LGBT equality within Catholicism. “Gender is more than a biological reality. It also includes psychological, emotional, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. When some people seek surgery to confirm their gender identity, they are celebrating their God-given identities. A decision to transition is often made after many years of confusion and turmoil, as well as many forms of discernment with medical, psychological, and spiritual authorities.” DignityUSA, another LGBT Catholic group, released a similar statement, saying in a press release, “Pope Francis’s statement denouncing technologies that support gender confirmation demonstrates the pontiff’s tragic ignorance on the challenges faced by transgender people, and puts this population at risk of increased discrimination and violence.” In the release, DignityUSA executive director Marianne Duddy-Burke added, “The reality is that transgender people experience tremendous stress in trying to live as who the world believes them to be. It takes incredible strength and commitment for them to risk living as who they are. Not all transgender people can or want to access technological supports that confirm their true genders. Throughout history, we have seen our transgender neighbors use whatever tools are available to live in their truth. Technology that makes this easier should be embraced as a blessing.” She noted that Francis’s words affect trans people’s lives in many ways. “Here in the U.S., where one in six hospital beds is in a Catholic hospital, it is difficult for transgender people in some areas to get the respectful, informed, appropriate care that they need,” she said. Far from denying the significance of gender, DeBernardo said, “Transgender people actually acknowledge the importance of gender since they recognize how important it is for them to live as their authentic gender, not by the gender assigned to them at birth which was based on the minimal evidence of external genitalia. … Their quest for authenticity is a quest for holiness. They seek to ‘honor the care’ of the identity and life that they have been given. To say that transgender people are acting against the plan of God is actually itself a rejection of God’s plan for these sacred human beings.” This is a case where Pope Francis’s words conflict with some of his actions. In 2015 he met with a Spanish transgender man who had been rejected by his Catholic parish, and the Spaniard, Diego Neria Lejárraga, later said he found the pope to be “kindness personified.” However, Francis has similarly denounced the concept of gender transition on other occasions, and during his papacy the Vatican has ruled that trans people cannot be godparents. “We strongly urge Pope Francis to take time to meet with more transgender people and their families, and to listen to their stories of hope and struggle,” Duddy-Burke continued. “Our church must start from the needs of the people, not from some dogma that more and more is discredited by science and the experience of millions of people. And the church must immediately end its persecution of sexual minorities in direct contrast to the open fellowship and embracing love Jesus himself would have shown.” In today’s address, the pope also dealt with gender roles, saying, “The forms of subordination that have sadly marked the history of women must be definitively abandoned,” but without “radically neutralizing sexual difference.” Among the differences in the Catholic Church’s treatment of men and women: Women are barred from being members of the clergy." https://www.advocate.com/religion/2017/10/05/pope-blasts-gender-confirmation-surgery
  2. Dean Eastmond, the queer journalist who used his platform as a writer to share his cancer journey and to campaign against inequalities in the health-care system, has passed away. Rest in Power Dean. ❤️💛💚💙💜
  3. RuPaul also makes Drag history as she is the first Drag Queen to win two EMMYs! In total, RuPauls Drag Race has won four EMMYs since they got started getting nominated. Condragulations mama Ru!
  4. The National Trust has reversed a decision to make some volunteers work away from the public after they refused to wear sexual equality symbols. Staff and volunteers at Felbrigg Hall, a stately home in Norfolk, were asked to wear badges and lanyards in support of an LGBTQ campaign. But 30 of the 350 volunteers were offered duties away from the public after choosing not to wear them. In a statement, the trust said it would now be an "optional" decision. A spokesman also confirmed all volunteers could resume their public-facing roles and it was "business as usual". The row was sparked following the National Trust's Prejudice and Pride campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of homosexuality being decriminalised. As part of the campaign the conservation charity is holding an exhibition at the estate, including a film, which reveals Felbrigg's last lord, Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, was gay, which was known by close friends. However, in an article in the Telegraph last week, the lord's godchildren criticised the move, saying it was unfair of the organisation to "out" someone who chose to keep his sexuality secret. Several volunteers on the estate were reported to have agreed with them. The National Trust had initially said it was committed to promoting equality and inclusion and in a letter to Saturday's Telegraph its director general Dame Helen Ghosh said anyone who did not agree with the campaign was "free to step back from the volunteer role or take a different role for the duration". However, the organisation later released a statement saying it was now "making it clear to volunteers that the wearing of the badge is optional and a personal decision". The statement added: "We are aware some volunteers had conflicting, personal opinions about wearing the rainbow lanyards and badges. "That was never our intention." Source + read more: BBC
  5. President Trump on Wednesday said he would ban transgender people from any military service. Trump made the announcement, which would represent a major shift in military policy, on Twitter. He said he had made the decision after consulting with "my generals and military experts." "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump tweeted. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming...victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you" The Hill
  6. For those who don't know, Greyson gained fame when his cover of Gaga's Paparazzi at his school talent show went viral in 2011
  7. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/07/11/chechnya-names-of-27-men-slaughtered-and-buried-in-bloody-night-revealed-as-gay-purge-continues/
  8. Nelsan Ellis, the actor who starred in HBO's True Blood as Lafayette Reynolds, has died, his manager Emily Gerson Saines, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 39. "Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure," Saines said. "He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed." More to come. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/true-blood-star-nelsan-ellis-dies-at-39-1019540?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral
  9. The revelations keep coming. JAY-Z bares all on his 13th studio album — but it’s not just his marriage to Beyoncé or his ex-friendship with Kanye Westthat he wants to talk about. On the track three, “Smile,” he duets with his mother, Gloria Carter, to host her public, musical coming out. “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/ Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian,” he raps. “Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/ Society shame and the pain was too much to take.” But Carter has found love, and as her 47-year-old son admits later in the heartwarming track, he cried tears of joy when she did: “Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her/ I just wanna see you smile through all the hate/ Marie Antoinette, baby, let ’em eat cake.” As the tune closes in on its fifth minute of runtime, Gloria takes over for the moving outro. Read her verses are below, in full: Living in the shadow Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows, people see you as happy and free Because that’s what you want them to see Living two lives, happy, but not free You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free But you live with the fear of just being me Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be No harm for them, no harm for me But life is short, and it’s time to be free Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed Smile http://ew.com/music/2017/06/30/jay-z-mother-gloria-carter-lesbian-444/?utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter
  10. Germany just legalized gay marriage!
  11. German lawmakers will decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage, according to CNN affiliate NTV. The snap vote comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she would like to see parliament move towards a "vote of conscience" on the issue. Following Merkel's comments, German politicians writing on Twitter called for a vote to be held as soon as possible. Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) -- the second largest party in parliament -- called for parliament not to wait until after the federal election in September. "We will push through marriage equality in Germany," he tweeted. "This week." The vote is likely to pass with strong support from other German parties and from some lawmakers within Merkel's CDU. Volker Kauder, leader of the parliamentary group of the ruling CDU faction, called Tuesday for CDU members voting for and against the law to show respect for each other's position, according to NTV. But he also warned that such a sudden vote could lead to a "hasty decision." CNN
  12. justice for valentunafish and trinity (k bonet) btw
  13. Ex-NFL lineman Ryan O'Callaghan -- who played for the Patriots and the Chiefs -- has come out as gay ... and says it was an NFL team staffer who helped save his life. O'Callaghan was selected by New England in the 5th round of the 2006 NFL Draft -- and protected Tom Brady in 2007, the year they won the AFC title and went to the Super Bowl. O'Callaghan tells OutSports.com he wrestled with his sexuality during his entire football career -- and used football "as kind of my cover for my life." "Football was the most masculine thing I could do," O'Callaghan told Cyd Zeigler. O'Callaghan says when he knew his football career was ending in 2011, he planned on killing himself. He wrote a suicide note and had guns -- but didn't go through with it. Fortunately, Kansas City Chiefs trainer, David Price, noticed he wasn't being himself and advised him to talk to the team's counselor. Ryan says he took Price's advice and it saved his life. He later came out to family and friends -- and got the love and support he needed. Now, O'Callaghan says he loves life and is glad he decided to go public. He also says he never faced bigotry from teammates and believes NFL teams are ready for openly gay players in the locker room. TMZ
  14. https://vk.com/brookecandy?z=video-49682974_456239374%2F7ded649b0cff55bbfd%2Fpl_wall_-49682974 https://vk.com/brookecandy?z=video-49682974_456239369%2F157aa90c294b0e7b95%2Fpl_wall_-49682974 Lmao savage Gotta love her
  15. A Taipei court on Wednesday ruled in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, paving the way for Taiwan to become the first nation in Asia to legalize same-sex unions and cementing its status as a beacon for LGBT rights. Taiwan’s top court found the country’s Civil Code, which states that only a man and a woman can agree to marry, violated constitutional guarantees. It gave the legislative assembly two years to implement the change. The decision is a victory for Taiwan’s LGBT activists, who have fought for decades for marriage equality, inspiring similar struggles across Asia and around the world. Wayne Lin, chairperson of Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association, an influential nongovernmental organization, called it a “milestone” for Taiwan. It is also a milestone for the region, gay rights activists said. “Without a doubt, Taiwan is walking in front of other Asian countries on this,” said Ying Xin, executive director of Beijing LGBT Center. “This is significant for all of Asia.” Taiwan has long been seen as a leader on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. While Indonesia arrests and beats gay people, Singapore criminalizes gay sex and the People’s Republic of China cracks down on LGBT organizing, Taiwan has taken steps toward equality. Gender and sexual minorities in Taiwan still face stigma and discrimination, but school textbooks extol equality, gays and lesbians serve openly in the military and Taipei’s annual gay pride parade draws revelers from every corner of the earth. Taiwanese often credit this to the country’s syncretic mix of cultural influences, from indigenous groups, to Dutch and Japanese colonizers, to folk practices carried across the Taiwan strait. Source
  16. Last year Apple gifted its employees with a limited edition rainbow Apple Watch band to honor the San Francisco Pride parade. Now Apple has made its special ‘Pride Edition’ Woven Nylon band available for all customers to order. The new Pride Edition Apple Watch band is available in both 38mm and 42mm options for the usual $49 price for Woven Nylon. The Pride Edition Apple Watch band appears to only be available through Apple. Source
  17. Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Barbra Streisand and Many More Share Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community A beautiful gesture from Billboard and I'm in tears from some of these letters. I'm grateful to the faves that took the time to write something, thank you Britney, Christina, Selena, and Sia (among others). The Letters June 1st kicks off Billboard’s month long 30 Days of Pride, an initiative to highlight LGBTQ Pride Month. To celebrate, some of the biggest names in music have penned heartfelt love letters to the LGBTQ community, thanking them for both their strength and support. “Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy and make me and my sons strive to be better people," shared Britney Spears in her specially handwritten letter. Barbra Streisand reflected on some of her earliest memories as a performer: “The first time I ever sang for a paying audience was at a gay club, The Lion, in Greenwich Village. I was 18 years old and had never been in a nightclub before. The gay community supported me from the start, and I will always be grateful.” Sia, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, Elton John, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves, RuPaul and Melissa Etheridge are among the 70+ musicians and LGBTQ activists who shared messages for this special project. Check them all out here.
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